New Mexico Bowl 2019: Central Michigan Vs. San Diego State Betting Line & Pick
New Mexico Bowl 2019 Betting Preview
The New Mexico Bowl will feature two exciting teams who are looking to cap off impressive seasons with a bowl victory. San Diego State enters this game with a 9-3 record, which continues a run of several straight bowl games for the school.
At 7-5, Central Michigan has been one of the surprises of the season as it made it to a bowl directly after going 1-11 in 2018.
This should be a fun matchup of teams who seemed to gain momentum as the season came to an end.
Central Michigan Chippewas Vs. San Diego State Aztecs Betting Odds
|Central Michigan||vs.||San Diego State|
|+3.5 (-110)||Spread||+3.5 (-110)|
|O 41 (-110)||Total||U 41 (-110)|
|Bet On Central Michigan vs. San Diego State College Football Game At MyBookie.ag|
When the line was first announced, San Diego State was the early favorite at -6.5. Since then, MyBookie.ag has the spread at San Diego State -3.5. The betting total for the game is among the lowest of all bowl games at 41 points.
Bounce-Back Campaign For Chippewas
Head coach Jim McElwain has gotten the most out of transfers and his recruiting class, as the offense has taken a jump in his first season.
The Chippewas’ yards-per-play average increased from 3.5 yards to 6.28 yards. They rank among the top 35 teams in the country in third-down conversions as well.
Central Michigan is scoring 34.6 points and gaining 445 yards per game. Senior quarterback Quinten Dormandy has provided the spark, as his 2,148 yards and .668 completion percentage shows he can move the offense with ease after starting the year as a backup.
The running backs have shined for this team, though, as they almost have multiple 1,000-yard rushers.
Jonathon Ward and Kobe Lewis have combined to find the end zone for 26 touchdowns on the year. If Central Michigan hopes to continue the offensive success, it will hinge upon these two.
Central Michigan has a top 40 defense nationally in yards allowed per play with only 5.3. The rush defense is where the strength of this team is, as linebackers Troy Brown and Michael Oliver both have 80-plus tackles in the heart of the defense.
The secondary is the more likely unit to get beat but can also force the opposition to make mistakes. The defensive backfield has 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Aztecs Count On A Defensive Stand
San Diego State will be looking for the defense to lead the way as it has a top-five scoring defense, allowing only 14 points a game this year.
The Aztecs have been especially good on third down, as opponents only convert at a 28 percent rate.
A Very Poor Running Game
In the past, San Diego State teams have had established and dominant running games, but that is not the case anymore.
The team average of 4.61 yards per rush is among the worst in FBS. No player on the roster has run for more than two touchdowns.
Quarterback Ryan Agnew will have to move the ball and score a few touchdowns to give his defense the lead.
He has been pretty efficient in those regards as his touchdown-interception ratio is 11:5, and he has produced well over 2,000 yards passing. He will need to play well to give his team a chance at victory.
Our Central Michigan Vs. San Diego State New Mexico Bowl 2019 Betting Pick
MyBookie.ag has Central Michigan getting 3.5 points and has +145 odds on the moneyline. The Chippewas are the best bet here, as they are 9-3 ATS for the year. San Diego State, on the other hand, is only 2-3 ATS in its last five games.
We like a couple of angles in this game. First, you can take Central Michigan +3.5 against the spread. But our favorite pick is the Over 41 in the New Mexico Bowl.
Central Michigan Vs. San Diego StateGame Information
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019
- Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
- Venue: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
- TV: ESPN
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